Techniques

This magazine has news on legislative affecting career and technical education, features on issues and program, profiles of educators and notices of new products.

Articles from Vol. 74, No. 3, March

A Winning Reflection
Across the country, postsecondary career and technical education programs are showing steady or increasing enrollments. The key lies in successfully mirroring local employment trends. Remember playing "Simon Says" as a kid? The goal of the game...
Change Is in the Air
As we reach the end of one century and the start of the next millennium, change is becoming more and more a constant in our daily lives. All too often, though, people see themselves as the victim rather than the cause of change. Hollywood is famous...
Change Is in the Air
As we reach the end of one century and the start of the next millennium, change is becoming more and more a constant in our daily lives. All too often, though, people see themselves as the victim rather than the cause of change. Hollywood is famous for...
Copyright and Wrong
You've researched a web site on the travel and tourism industry and you've printed out several pages to photocopy and share with your students. Is what you're doing legal"? If you're unsure of the answer, you may want to brush up on your knowledge...
Courts Uphold Internet Free Speech
Recent rulings in Missouri and California have set an important precedent for free speech on the Web and generated intense scrutiny on public Internet access and student use. In Missouri, the U.S. District Court ruled that a high school student...
Courts Uphold Internet Free Speech
Recent rulings in Missouri and California have set an important precedent for free speech on the Web and generated intense scrutiny on public Internet access and student use. In Missouri, the U.S. District Court ruled that a high school student who posted...
Crowd Pleasers
Students can be a tough group of critics. It's harder and harder to motivate them to learn. Not to be deterred, FACS teachers--a resourceful lot--have come up with more material than a stand-up comedian at a club audition. Here are some favorite activities...
Crowd Pleasers
Students can be a tough group of critics. It's harder and harder to motivate them to learn. Not to be deterred, FACS teachers-a resourceful lot-have come up with more material than a stand-up comedian at a club audition. Here are some favorite activities...
Cry, Baby, Cry
STUDENTS LEARN THE MEANING OF PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY WITH MOCK INFANTS THAT LOOK AND SOUND LIKE THE REAL DEAL It seemed every time Denise Mountas finally got to sleep, the baby would wail again. Getting the baby ready each morning made her late...
Cry, Baby, Cry
STUDENTS LEARN THE MEANING OF PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY WITH MOCK INFANTS THAT LOOK AND SOUND LIKE THE REAL DEAL It seemed every time Denise Mountas finally got to sleep, the baby would wail again. Getting the baby ready each morning made her late for...
Enabling the Classroom
Making your lab or classroom friendly to students with disabilities isn't as tough as you may think. Here are some important steps and valuable resources to help teachers get started. Who remembers when Congress passed the Education for all Handicapped...
FACS Facts
Techniques SURVEYED FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES EDUCATORS AT THE ACTE CONVENTION LAST DECEMBER TO GET THIS SNAPSHOT OF THE FIELD. Teaching Veterans The 49 teachers who responded to our survey have a collective 914 years in the profession. Average...
From Scrambled Eggs to Tennis Balls
TIPS FOR ENGAGING STUDENTS Dauna Easley says she's from an era when families ate dinner together every night, air mail was the fastest way to send a message and "good girls" didn't do "that" until later. So how does she connect with teens in what...
Good News on the Horizon
After a decade of decline, secondary career and technical educaiton enrollment is enjoying a resurgence, backed by a proliferation of business-education partnerships, new technology and a growing sense that schools must keep pace with the jobs of the...
In Search of Tech Support
A recent online poll by the National Education Association has spurred the launch of a new interactive Web site to help teachers with technology. More than 80 percent of the teachers who participated in the survey said they need more technology training...
In Washington
Clinton Proposes Flat Funding for Voc Ed President Clinton has recommended freezing vocational education's basic state grants next fiscal year while increasing tech prep funds by $5 million and national programs by $4 million. Career and technical...
It's Time to Get to Work
At the annual convention in New Orleans last December, the American Business and Education Partnership unanimously approved a resolution to fully support the name change of AVA to the Association for Career and Technical Education. The new name...
Letters
One Vote In response to the suggestion on a Web site column ("Letters," October 1998), I think that would be an excellent idea. Expand that to include not only physics and technology, but also careers, ideas, strategies, etc., all fields of vocational,...
Letters
One Vote In response to the suggestion on a Web site column ("Letters," October 1998), I think that would be an excellent idea. Expand that to include not only physics and technology, but also careers, ideas, strategies, etc., all fields of vocational...
NET Gain
Career and technical educators nationwide subscribe to the concept of work-based learning. Not only has the cooperative education version of WBL been in operation for decades, but WBL is a major component of education programs supported by the School-to-Work...
Packed by Popular Demand
Enrollments are booming for many career and technical education programs, in many schools and even in one entire state where declining numbers were once the rule. It's all a matter of listening to students, focusing on the market and staying ahead...
Perkins III and Special Needs
The new Perkins legislation includes a number of important changes that will direct career and technical programming for students with special needs in the coming years. As with any piece of legislation, there can be a degree of personal and professional...
Professional Post
Culinary Awards For Students--If you think culinary and hospitality programs are limited to cooking classes, "that being a chef is the only career option in the restaurant industry," you are mistaken, says Stephen Caldeira, president of the National...
Prossional Post
CULINARY AWARDS FOR STUDENTS-If you think culinary and hospitality programs are limited to cooking classes, "that being a chef is the only career option in the restaurant industry," you are mistaken, says Stephen Caldeira, president of the National Restaurant...
Soft Skills, Hard Sell
Should teachers be teaching their students how to get along with others in the workplace? How about customer service skills? Employers say "YES" and so does this expert. The term "soft skills" has long been floating in and out of business and education...
Soft Skills, Hard Sell
SHOULD TEACHERS BE TEACHING THEIR STUDENTS HOW TO GET ALONG WITH OTHERS IN THE WORKPLACE? HOW ABOUT CUSTOMER SERVICE SKILLS? EMPLOYERS SAY "YES AND SO DOES THIS EXPERT. The term "soft skills" has long been floating in and out of business and education...
Special Needs Resources
* Complete Guide to Special Education Transition Services (1997, 249 pages) is a comprehensive resource that gives teachers, counselors and parents practical information and suggestions for helping special education students make a successful transition...
Standard Bearers
Not sure exactly what to do with the FACS national standards that have been available since last May? Here's some insight on moving ahead. "You've got to give us help." The plea from two Louisiana teachers came softly, on the heels of a panel...
Standard Bearers
NOT SURE EXACTLY WHAT TO DO WITH THE FACS NATIONAL STANDARDS THAT HAVE BEEN AVAILABLE SINCE LAST MAY? HERE'S SOME INSIGHT ON MOVING AHEAD. You've got to give us help." The plea from two Louisiana teachers came softly, on the heels of a panel discussion...
State Update
State Update highlights the activities of members and other organizations at the state and regional level. Readers are encouraged to send submissions to: Techniques, 1410 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314, fax (703) 583-7424, or e-mail jcahill@acteonline.org....
Sweetening the Deal
Vocational student organizations (VSOs) are the icing on career and technical education programs for many students. Learning leadership skills and participating in community service and career exploration opportunities are just a couple of reasons...
The Modular Model
PACKAGED LEARNING LABS MAKE THEIR WAY TO THE FACS CLASSROOM Could you be persuaded to abandon a teaching approach honed over more than a decade for something entirely new? Brenda Vatthauer wasn't sure. But the 12-year family and consumer sciences...
The Modular Model
PACKAGED LEARNING LABS MAKE THEIR WAY TO THE FACS CLASSROOM Could you be persuaded to abandon a teaching approach honed over more than a decade for something entirely new? Brenda Vatthauer wasn't sure. But the 12-year family and consumer sciences veteran...
The Newest American High School
The Education Department recently added seven names to its prestigious New American High Schools list. The NAHS program recognizes model secondary schools that stress challenging academic standards and skills training needed to pursue a postsecondary...
The Newest American High Schools
The Education Department recently added seven names to its prestigious New American High Schools list. The NAHS program recognizes model secondary schools that stress challenging academic standards and skills training needed to pursue a postsecondary...
The Numbers Game
We rolled our eyes. We shook our heads. And we looked at numbers. Big numbers, lots of numbers. And we mourned a lack of numbers. That's how the Techniques staff has spent the better part of 1999 so far, preparing for this month's featured package of...
Time to Focus of Funding
The 106th Congress is now underway with many complicated political and constitutional issues to tackle and the eyes of the world watching more closely than ever. While differences of opinion abound regarding the impeachment proceedings, it is clear that...
Time to Focus on Funding
The 106th Congress is now underway with many complicated political and constitutional issues to tackle and the eyes of the world watching more closely than ever. While differences of opinion abound regarding the impeachment proceedings, it is clear...
VALPAR Award Winners
Seminole Community College An ex-offender and former substance abuser, Camille was receiving public assistance to support her two children. An evaluation of Camille's potential employment aptitudes by Seminole Community College's Diversified Career...
VSOs Take to Penny Drive
It began with 168 pennies from students at an Oklahoma City elementary school and grew into a nationwide fund-raising campaign organized by advisers from seven vocational student organizations. The campaign's goal is to build a memorial for the 168...
What's New
MULTIMEDIA Video Editing Studio 400, a PC-based video editing program from Pinnacle Systems, makes amateur movie making look like a Hollywood production. Studio 400 allows you to create videos and electronically send them to family and friends....